Seasons 52 unveiled its Summer 2012 wine-paired menu at a private tasting event where, once again, Master Sommelier Miliotes and Senior Culinary Director Chef Cliff Pleau paired up to, well, pair up food and wine. Naturally, you will be able to choose whatever vino you prefer, these are simply their expert recommendations.
Having been invited to the prior-to-opening event (read review here) I was suitably impressed to return for S52's spring unveiling (read review here) and last night's event. The Darden restaurant has continued to impress me with its menu, wine list and service. The entire concept is serve top top quality, local foods, be environmentally conscious (as with the new "green" water bottle made from Earth-friendly corn), and serve excellent wine. How can anyone hate that idea?
Below is the Summer 2012 menu items we tasted, wine pairings and descriptions, along with my notes:
BBQ Chicken Flatbread-glazed BBQ chicken, balsamic onions, sliced scallions, melted Parmesan
Atichoke and Goat Cheese Flatbread-leaf spincah, balsamic onion and roasted peppers
Wine-Aveleda Vinho Verde, Portugal '10/'11
Note: This wine is crisp and refreshing, perfect with the goat cheese flatbread. If you feel flatbreads have run their course, there are other apps on the menu such as organic edamame, crab, chrimp stuffed mushrooms and spicy chicken chili relleno.
Wine-Hirsch #1 Gruner Veltliner, Kamptal '09/'10
Organic Arugula Salad-watermelon, grilled golden beets, goat cheese, jicama, toasted pistachios
Summer Vegetarian Tasting-grains of life, soft taco, chili relleno, vegetables, cedar-roasted tofu, mango chutney
Wine-Honig, Napa '11
Wild Alaskan Copper River Salmon-corn risotto, fresh asparagus, roasted perpper, dill sauce
Wine-Chehalem INOX, Willamette '10
Wine-Markham Cellar 1879, Napa '10
Mini-indulgence desserts-mocha macchiato, blueberry cheesecake, raspberry & chocolate chip cannoli, pecan pie with vanilla mousse, Belgian chocolate Rocky Road, Key lime pie, chocolate peanut butter mousse, Meyer lemon, fresh fruit.
Photo credits: Elizabeth J. Musgrave; Seasons 52
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